About Deb


Website: http://www.deborahmacpherson.com
Deb has written 145 articles so far, you can find them below.


Online Education and Digital Storytelling

Mercedes Bell, a researcher for onlineuniversities.com, shared an article The Art of Digital Storytelling. The article makes several good points and provides numerous examples graphed below. When digital storytelling is used for education, a new challenge today is keeping the reader engaged, without clicking away, wandering through so many loosely related topics, its easy to […]

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Connections versus Flow

Each of these arrows can be like the telephone game, something important and subtle lost. Which of these is a better model    

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Real Links

Which of the links shown below are real? Which are still active? Which are part of a purposeful data architecture? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1024.jpg http://www.chrisharrison.net/index.php/Visualizations/InternetMap www2.research.att.com/…/ATT_Labs_InternetMap_0730_10.pdf

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Physics of Data Flow

Welcome new subscribers! Last week the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Northern Virginia Chapter (CSI NOVA) welcomed scientists from the NIST Fire Research Lab to give a talk about fire simulations and the new test facility. NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) A couple simulations were of just the fires themselves rather than walls, furniture, elevator shafts […]

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Places & Spaces Mapping Science Workshop

Katy Borner organized a workshop for the Places & Spaces Mapping Science Advisory Board. We met for two days at the School of Library and Information Sciences to figure out the remaining iterations of the 10 year exhibit. See the Schedule and try to visit an exhibit in person, or order the Atlas of Science […]

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Taking Apart and Putting Back Together in a Repeatable Process

Taking an idea apart can be very informative. Especially when various parts need to be updated and optimized, continually changing like software releases.

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Emergent versus Imposed Boundaries

Not only watch how the semantic web is emerging, but to direct it’s flow in productive ways, geared for people in different areas that may vary widely in their density and resources, rather than as one empire. Because that only causes trouble in the long run.

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Time Based Analysis of US Healthcare Reforms

Below is a time based analysis of the US Healthcare Reforms created by Frank Snyder, a physicist who worked in thinking machines and computer vision and now spends his time traveling the world and thinking about anthropology and religion. Image below see the link for the Google Doc. Whole Building Design Guide, Clinical Relationships. A […]

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Spending More Time with Better Information

There needs to be a better way to get a longer perspective on what surrounds ideas and information. Where they came from, how they have evolved, and which parts need to stay connected so they can hold together and stand the test of time.

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Open Standards Development Process

Based on conversation with Louis Hecht at the Open Geospatial Consortium, to develop a system for delivering open floor plan drawings of buildings to fire departments in their truck would require all of the steps above.

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Trace Back In Time – to tie together

What would it be like to trace the history of standards and technology adoption through time?

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I Love Typography

Steve Kehlet looks at Typography

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Appeal us

Sent from Myriam Solar, multidisiplinary artist in Spain APPEAL US is a pool of inspiration consisting of references to works of any kind that one personally appreciates. It was generated through an invitation based process, for the Annex Amperdans / Antwerp 2009. People were kindly asked to share 2 works that inspire them at the […]

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IT Graffiti in Public Buildings

The interface between Information Technology and the real world is not always seamless. Below are images provided by Frank and Jane Snyder on their trip across the United States visiting state capitols and presidential libraries. Where unfortunately, architectural beauty can be blunted by shocking displays of IT graffiti in the form of out-of-place computer/video/audio equipment […]

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Senses of Cinema, Peter Weir, Article by Romy Sutherland humnet.ucla

Always shunning the comfortable resolution, Weir’s signature films move audiences beyond the commonplace while keeping them in an unsettled state to the end. His own career has been one which parallels this aspect of his filmmaking: from the start he has preferred to take risks and to wait for a meaningful challenge, rather than follow a winning formula or style.

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Constants

Based on the QUDT Ontologies, we have just released an Ontology of the NIST constants

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Recycled Glamour and Artomatic

Images from Artomatic 2009. Our entry, Recycled Glamour, was created in collaboration with Sophie, Elena, Edie, Sarah, Rebecca, Becky, Cathy, Deb, Richard, Mark, Bruce, Phil.  Images at the bottom of this post. Visitors can exchange sunglasses, purses, dress up clothes, and sign the wall. Over 1500 artists exhibited work, the energy is amazing. Some highlights […]

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Change and Grow at Different Rates 2

In “A Request for Technology In Support of an AECOO Testbed”, (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) the buildingSMART alliance and Open Geospatial Consortium OGC envision: “… an idea around BIM as not simply a collection of files, or objects, but rather a collection of evolving business components and building systems, which grow and change […]

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Artomatic Begins

artomatic, kids, art project, collaboration, office building, by artists for everyone

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All the Buildings of Europe

Images from Massimiliano Condotta, Classification from the MACE project. Working on a tagging model Fig 2 Rappresentazione schematica della distribuzione dell’acqua nell’oasi. Schematic representation of water repartition in the oasis.

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History of Open Geometry Exchange

history of open geometry exchange, basis of slides for Towards Ontology-based Standards workshop at NIST

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Call for Mathematics and Design Papers

VI INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS & DESIGN CONFERENCE M&D-2010 June 07 – 11, 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina DIRECTION OF THE CONFERENCE Dra. Vera W. de Spinadel SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE Claudi Alsina Drumi Bainov Javier Barrallo Calonge Ubiratan d´Ambrosio Roberto Doberti Rosa S. Enrich Carlos Federico Dirk Huylebrouck Slavik Jablan Amadeo Monreal Janusz Rebielak Adela Salvador Alcaide Gunter […]

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Adapting to Existing Conditions

Forwarded from Robin MacPherson only traceable sources are:  t=680 alt=http://pixdaus.com/pics/GTR2rEdYNzCa.jpg width=680 DATASIZE=”49836″ ID=”6″ SRC=”aoladp://MA22963040-0066/image006.jpg”> 17.jpg” SRC=”aoladp://MA22963040-0077/image017.jpg”>

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Smart Grid / Dumb Grid

it seems possible that a Smart Grid could be achieved. However, the reality is some places barely can move power around still. Whats the best way for these places to be able to leap frog forward, skipping entire generations of innovation, to get directly to a Smart Grid, Smart City, Smart Buildings, Smart Building-to-Grid Interfaces?

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Semantic Web Section Drawings

There are no good drawings of the architecture of the Semantic Web. If traditional architectural drawings could be used instead, these could work: Tadao Ando Plan and Section EXAMINE/DYNAMIC duchamp/da vinci by Lauren Sideris Pugetia fragilissima and Pugetia firma, taxonomy and distinguishing characteristics Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

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Opposites

Matrix Loops Black and White, Available at the BigRugStore On the scale of everything that people have ever done and will ever do, multiple view points are always there. Tomorrow, Barack Obama will give a speech he wrote himself.  This is the opposite of the last president. Maybe the ability to play opposites against each […]

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Coming Together

 See Many Eyes by IBM for more 

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Digital Continuity

ABOVE: Nature-2 (rough).jpg @ 50% (Gray) BELOW: Untitled-1 @ 33.3% (Layer 4, Gray) Both by Bruce MacPherson, work-in-progress sketches for the MathFactory, for Gallagher & Associates Design Proposal ___________________ Below is the introduction from Time & Bits, Managing Digital Continuity edited by Margaret MacLean and Ben H. Davis, an eternity ago in 1998 for the […]

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23 MVDs

The National Building Information Modeling Standard will be comprised of different parts.  Works in progress to standardize certain ways of looking at things in the AEC/FM Architecture Engineering Construction Facility Management Industry are Model View Definitions using IFC Industry Foundation Classes and IFC based solutions for data exchange. Currently there are 23 MVD‘s in progress. […]

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Strange Maps

See the website Strange Maps, selections below   (81) 212 – Transit Map of the World’s Transit Systems     (528) 331 – East and West: Never the Twain Shall Meet?       (659) 328 – Fuzzy Britain, and Truth in Maps   (265) 317 – Tea As A North/South Litmus Test (226) 310 – The World, Justified (247) […]

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Building Dictionaries

Geoconcepts Ontology, Skeleton Structure by avier Ruiz Aranguren at Trabajos Catastrales S.A. Two versions can be used: Geoconcepts Ontology v1.2, and v1.2 SWRL enhanced model. People are building dictionaries and ontologies all over the place today. For example, researchers at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid’s School of Computing are working on an original system for […]

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Selections from Life on Mars

 del.icio.us facebook flickr mySpace YouTube  I Wish Your Wish by Rivane Neuenschwander The wishes of various people are printed on textile ribbons, which relate to the church Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in São Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The ribbons are worn around the wrist where they are tied with three knots. A wish is made as each knot is tied. According to the […]

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A Trail through SMARTcodes

Imagine taking a piece of door hardware all the way through the code review process: from an assembly of parts, to a hardware set, to a door, to an egress corridor, to a building, to the local building authority, the state, the country, and the world. 80 Series, Narrow Design, Sargent Co. MANUFACTURING STANDARDS American […]

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What Does Open Mean?

Stack from the Open Knowledge Foundation (176)

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Innovative Architecture

Today’s largest, most pressing architectural challenge is what to do with all the linked open data becoming available.There is a possibility people can accomplish great things by getting collectively smarter and more inquisitive. What have innovative architects done before in similar situations? What is the difference between the collective versus universal intelligence that may result […]

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Open Standards / Commercial Technology

Benefits of Using the BIMstorm Process and OPS Onuma Planning System to develop Open Standards   Open standards for building and geospatial information are rapidly changing.  So much is being figured out at the same time its hard to know which of the many parallel tracks will eventually meet in the distance.  For example: Performance […]

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Convergence

Collages about linking huge amounts of open data in hyperbolic space. Individual images and links are below.   A&AStructuredBackgroundCombination Components starting with Michael K. Bergman on AI3 Adaptive Information, Adaptive Innovation, Adaptive Infrastructure. Not all components below are shown above. Lack of Road Signs Causes Collisions and Missed Turns (459)   One Possible Road Map […]

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Wishful Thinking

When members of the general public are faced with complex decisions, for example a medical situation for an elderly parent, all of the sudden there is a need to learn what a whole lot of new words mean and a compulsion to get up to speed with current research. The relevant words may be entirely […]

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Name, Rank, Facility Number

Download PDF Where Does All This Information Belong [ DMacPJBIM08 ] to appear in the Fall 08 online version of the Journal of Building Information Modeling ___________________________________ COMMENT FROM JACK PARK ON THE CODE TEMPLATE CONCEPT “I see this as a topic map question with a good query mechanism that would allow you to match […]

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Choosing Colors

  Looking at colors for the code/classification templates for the Building Service Performance Project at Ontolog. Sample building models provided courtesy of Kimon Onuma at Onuma Planning System which is used for BIMstorm. The basis of the color design is adapted from this brochure at the Sasquatch Music Festival. Comments welcome on the colors above, other examples […]

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Circuitous Cityscape

From Daily Dose of Imagery Toronto’s City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square – reverse projections      

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Making Diagrams

Today, there are so many ways to process ideas and information in computers and networks. However, most web exchanges are still based on words in the English language. However, when the information has to do with changing events, relationships, and critical paths ~ drawings and diagrams are able to convey what has already been done […]

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Talking About Spirals

Context Driven Topologies are mathematical groups of ideas and information transmitted over computers and networks.  Their form and process are expressed using drawings and specifications.  Their purpose is to organize and drive network topologies to answer questions and derive meaning from data collections of any size, particularly in open source environments.  The purpose of answering […]

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What Does That Line Mean?

Architectural drawings contain graphical information explained in more detail in the specifications. For example, waterproofing is just a line on the drawings designated “WP” but up to 50 pages in the specifications.  Specifications became necessary when buildings got more complex, the entirety of the intended work results could not be captured in drawings without the […]

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This is a Test

[237] This [57] is [357] a test. Above are 3 definitions and 3 purple number locations for words in the phrase “This is a test.” Today, there is a wide selection of dictionaries to define what words mean, most public sources are correct enough to serve most users goals. However, as soon as the work […]

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Trace Continuous Threads

Yang’ge Dance Patterns and The Pastoral Dance Pattern by Mr. Isaac The diagrams above show dance patterns. Its easy to imagine how these shapes and places to put your feet could be drawn on a floor for dancers to follow. Experienced dancers could probably just look at the diagram and recreate the movements. By contrast, […]

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Residential vs Commercial

Conversation between Jim Disbrow and Deborah MacPherson regarding the component and community of interest we’re trying to build.  Metaphors comparing semantic architecture vs building architecture are presented on 2 levels: Residential vs Commercial. ___________________   RESIDENTIAL Details of the trademarked EuraCraft System at gutterspecialist.com JD: …for artists to understand and help depict relationships in semantic space….Building […]

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BIM tracking

Technology advances rapidly in nearly every industry. Yet, many tools and resources do not provide easy access or interpreted meaningful benefit to the general public. Some have said Accuracy&Aesthetics is developing a “building code” for semantic space based on building in the real world. For example, Building Information Modeling could have innumerable uses for museums […]

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Top 9 Unique Structures

Aqua, to be completed in 2009 Chicago USA: This skyscraper will seem traditional from a distance, however up close, the ripple/jelly effect created by variously sized balconies becomes evident from top to bottom.Chicago Spire, to be completed in 2010 Chicago USA: Will be the world’s tallest residential building and the tallest building of any kind […]

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People Can’t Find Things

Offices, organizations, and knowledge domains produce so much useful information. People who are learning about an office, organization, or area of knowledge need best practice notes, standard details, and lessons-learned to be super easy to look through. When people do not know what things are called to input a specific term, it is difficult for […]

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BIMstorm.NBIMS.OGC.OOR.Flickr

There is a gathering storm to document space in the physical world that will eventually impact, or help to form and track, the development of the semantic world. Go see BIMstorm ~ here are some reports. BIMstorm is a series of spontaneous 24 hour long collaborations organized by the Onuma Planning System. The participants don’t […]

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Exponential Documentation vs Just Building

Compressive Transverse Section of a Typical Gothic Cathedral from Bearing Walls: Monolithic Masonry Construction, Columbia University People tend to assume the way things are done now is the way they have been done forever which is not always true. For example, the thrilling video Blaise Aguera y Arcas: Photosynth Demo shows a sequence where Flickr […]

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Seeing Cubism

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Single Point of Failure

Duane Nickull Senior Standards Strategist for Adobe Systems set forth a set of goals on Ontolog Forum Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] Start thinking about the 2008 Ontology Summit + Free public API’s where organizations with folksonomies (tag clouds often represent these), can link terms in their folksonomies to disambiguate words like “Washington” which may have several […]

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Discrete Continuity

Sticker Shock by SPEEDtv See the sticker on the tire. It is a discrete rectangle. A fixed piece of information, it is not continuous. Tire by Mayarishi However, once the wheel goes in motion, the sticker can no longer be seen – the discrete shape appears to be a continuous blur. Therefore, discrete elements put […]

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Words of Wisdom

To follow are excerpts from the forward to Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, and Julia Child 1963 version, Alfred A Knopf publishers in New York. To La Belle France WHOSE PEASANTS, FISHERMAN, HOUSEWIVES, AND PRINCES – NOT TO MENTION HER CHEFS – THROUGH GENERATIONS OF INVENTIVE AND LOVING CONCENTRATION […]

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Capturing and Communicating Flow

Krzysztof Penderecki communicates flow in his musical compositions through his own annotation system. Eventually his drawings are translated into traditional notes and lines so performers can play the work. But for his own purposes, and maybe to explain the details and overall patterns to performers and patrons – Penderecki’s own system captures his ideas best. […]

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Many Eyes Visualizations

WOW – see Many Eyes by IBM. Too bad you can’t put the visualizations in and get data out. Or better, work with the visualizations directly to reorganize the data into better forms. Fun With Specifications

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Information R/evolution

The Information R/evolution video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming about the skills needed to harness, evaluate, and create information more effectively.

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Tag Experiment

A selection of illustrations by Rockwell Kent, in Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, published by Random House, in 1930 are used herein as an experiment about tags. Written following the CSI format for architectural specifications by breaking into PARTS 1, 2, 3. ________________ PART 1 – GENERAL The National Gallery of Art presented a film […]

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Mixing Performance and Design Specifications

RE: Green building laws and regulations. Green Building, by TopLeftPixel, a daily dose of imagery In the real world of building architecture, some jurisdictions have performance bonds, payable to the jurisdiction, when projects do not achieve sustainable requirements. By contrast, sustainable information design does not have an equal to the LEED rating system, clear definition […]

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Making Sense of the Past, Streaming to the Future

Music collaboration and community storytelling are different today. Not only can participants be in different locations, they can also be from different eras, with dramatically different memories and interpretations of the same piece of music or story. For example, look at Dust-to-Digital whose mission is to “produce high quality cultural artifacts, which combine rare, essential […]

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Open Source Lifecycle

Deciding how to develop or acquire open source systems is different than standing in the store looking at software boxes. Open source will continue to develop against a constantly evolving and improving background. If there was a defined open source lifecycle for the construction of open source data and processing techniques, maybe the open source […]

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Small Collection of Green Things

From ASCI Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule-11,000 Trees, 11,000 People, 400 Years, 1992-1996; (420 x 270 x 28 meters), Yljrvi, Finland by Agnes Denes Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule: Aerial View digital print based on original design drawing 35″h x 96″w, 1983 ?Agnes Denes Detail Detail Eleven thousand trees were planted […]

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Unfold, Expand, Connect

Images about unfolding, expanding, and connecting Heaven’s Orb from Rob’s Puzzle Page PETER MAX boxed jigsaw puzzle at GASOLINE ALLEY ANTIQUES Antique Toys & Collectible The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections, by Stewart T. Coffin This simple novelty (Fig. 126) is a practical example of a coordinate-motion puzzle in three dimensions. Each of the six […]

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The Persistence of Geometry

From the Cleveland Museum of Art Constructivist Portrait, Ellen Carey 1983 Male Antelope-Anteater Headdress (chi wara-sogoni kun) Africa, Mali, Bamana, Diaura or Djiumu Area, 1920s Untitled, Sonia Delaunay Gray Scramble (Single), Frank Stella, 1936 Creative Therapy, Jacob Lawrence, 1949 The Persistence of Geometry exhibition was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art in collaboration with […]

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Social Justice and Peace

There is a place in Washington DC called Busboys and Poets that believes social justice and peace are achievable goals. What does this mean today? What data structures need to be built to further this goal? What geometry works best to distribute and streamline the information flow? Peace Education Image by D@dalos Today, there were […]

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Record of a Project

A survey to track the needs of an historic renovation architectural project to see what public information is available about the property. The place is Strider Farm, a stone house built 1790 outside Harpers Ferry WV. National Registry of Historic Places Nomination Form Prepared by historian Michael J. Pauley Maintained and published at www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/jefferson/87002524.pdf The […]

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Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

Below are images from Dale Chihuly’s Gardens and Glass installed at botanical gardens all over the world. Perfect juxtapositions of beautifully crafted objects, once fluid and rapidly changing, now fixed in time. Purposefully and collaboratively placed in similar backgrounds. The living objects continue to slowly change and grow in ways that are impossible to observe […]

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Open Letter on Public Space

Architect Rem Koolhaas‘ Harvard Graduate School of Design Studio Project on the City proposes Lagos Nigeria be seen as a developed, extreme, pragmatic case study of a city at the forefront of globablizing modernity. Nigerian architect Uche Isichei observes “He seems to be drawn to the idea that these systems grow by themselves – organizations […]

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Breaking into Constructable Parts

Favorite quote from Edward J. Barkmeyer in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division at National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) “….the problem is that Internet is still the big city of the Middle Ages. We know how to build all kinds of buildings and we have a lot of demand for them and a lot […]

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GSA NSF Workshop

“It is probably true quite generally that in the history of human thinking the most fruitful developments frequently take place at those points where two different lines of thought meet. These lines may have their roots in quite different parts of human culture, in different times or different cultural environments or different religious traditions: hence […]

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Rework Old Work

Per request by Susan Turnbull at GSA, the position paper below from the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting a few years ago is resurfacing to update and present at the workshop Mapping the Navigable Waters of Public Information: Connecting People to Science and Scholarly Knowledge. Images from AAG slides will be interspersed soon, both […]

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Context of Codes

According to sustainable design architect William McDonough, in the world of building codes, context is all. THE HANNOVER PRINCIPLES 1. Insist on the right of humanity and nature to co-exist in a healthy, supportive, diverse and sustainable condition. 2000 Carbon Atoms in a Diamond Lattice James R. Morris, C. Z. Wang and K. M. Ho […]

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Specifying Public Information

If the construction of semantic space was an organized process like the construction of physical space, more consensus documents are needed. The real world, historical process of creating, promoting, and maintaining places for democracy to be conducted occurs in places and buildings around the world. The project map below shows a sample set of public […]

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Systems in Parts

The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards for geospatial and location based services. Example of GIS Technology and Development Applications at Earth Resources Technology TiAuthor by Auto-trol The contrast of Venus, Earth, and Mars. USSR Venera 13 Camera II, ESA/DLR/FU Berlin […]

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Continuity versus Change

Change usually involves three aspects; people, processes and culture. From the JISC InfoKit on Change Management. Change Model, Joshua Freedman talking about Alan Deutschman on 6seconds. The Six Seconds’ EQ change model guides the process of effective change. The model shows how to engage the emotional drivers to sustain a continuous transformational process. Bruce Mau […]

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Mathematics of Movement

Movements such as democracy and trends in collective thinking must have some underlying mathematics that could be studied and perhaps improved to gently push information in more productive directions. But what would that look like? Dynamic Painting by San Base, a Canadian artist born in Russia. We Never Change Do We Melanie Weidner Listen for […]

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Perception and Crisis

In the book A Million Little Pieces, James Frey calls himself an Alcoholic, a Drug Addict and a Criminal. His limited perception of himself and the world around him is compellingly described. Forget the accuracy of this story, the aesthetics are more important. The author capitalizes unusual words for the chunks of information he perceives: […]

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Colors, Lines, and Dynamic Flow

Images of riding Vespas by Courtney Bowditch ?

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Community Center

  Can the digital world be built like the physical world? Which construction document practices in the physical world have legitimate, helpful application to the construction of virtual worlds? What are the subject matters of these new construction documents? How are they approved and maintained over the life cycle of virtual constructions? What is the […]

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Juxtaposition and Symmetry

Below are some images from Nikolas Schiller, a DC artist using geospatial imagery to look at old things in new ways. New Map [88] also titled “A New Map of the Terraqueous Globe: according to the the Ancient discoveries and most general Divisions of Geospatial Art” is a new iteration of Herman Moll’s map, A […]

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Carbon Dating / Digital Information

The Rooms from Daily Dose of Imagery Semantic architecture is not like physical architecture because evidence of previous or alternate use is hard to find.  There is little reason to study older digital archiving or exchange requirements.  There is no carbon footprint equivalent to measure over time yet. Theosophical Publishing House   Ideas and information are published, […]

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Make Your View

Making your own view of science and society

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Remote Sensing and Geospatial Art

“There?s nothing more profound to me, than the kind of awareness that can be gained or disseminated in a global perspective when such an initiative has taken place ? to educate or enlighten the masses through the use of a tool like Google Earth.

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Streamlining

Too bad Internet users cant see their information flow while it is being exchanged or streamline its flow through the use of more efficient, graceful shapes.

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Purple Numbers

Above is an example of (an out of date) webpage with purple numbers envisioned by Doug Engelbart and Bootstrap.org An overlay is put on to a webpage generating random numbers to go right to the place where the text or image is located. The text below was written by Doug Engelbart, 23-Oct-2000. Introduction 1 Large-scale […]

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Depictions of Music

  Spiral Array by Elaine Chew    Indaba Music     Ricky Ho     Metamath Music Page Images by Martin Wattenberg

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Form, Shape, Trace, Reckon, Calculate, Represent

location in the conceptual landscape

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Unifying Communications and Information

Various depictions of communications and information put into shapes.

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CAD-GIS-BIM

May 11, 2007, Wayland, Massachusetts. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC?) has issued a Request for Quotes/Call for Participation (RFQ/CFP) for the OGC Web Services, Phase 5 (OWS-5) Interoperability Initiative, a testbed to advance OGC’s open geospatial interoperability framework. Based on sponsor requirements, the OWS-5 initiative is organized as six threads over two initiative phases: 1. […]

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OntoDimensions

Template for discourse about ontologies, rather than a conceptual model of them (10PC). Created by PeterBrown, DeniseBedford, JimDisbrow, JackTeller and SusanTurnbull (10RW) at the Population Session Breakout Group at OntologSummit2007. [Figure 1: Ontology Dimensions Map] (10OD) PeterBrown: ….taking on board comments from our working group and others regarding Gestalt….including checking/modifying it against the prose of […]

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Visual Writing

Images from Inscribing Meaning, Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art at the National Museum of African Art. WAYS OF KNOWING Bi-Folio from the Qur’an Egypt Late 14th century Ink, pigment, and gold on paper H x W: 37.8 x 53.2 cm. (14 7/8 x 20 15/16 in.] Sackler Gallery, S1995.115a-d INSCRIBING THE BODY Amulet […]

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Talking about the same thing

What should a compact portrait or collage of all these ways of looking at the same thing be portrayed?

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Ontoforms

This is an image from the Standard Upper Ontology Working Group (SUO WG) Also shown as Fig. 3 in Accuracy&Aesthetic director Kenneth Field‘s upcoming publication “Ontologies, Categories, Folksonomies: An Organised Language of Sound” to be published in the fall and copyrighted by Organised Sound, an International Journal of Music and Technology, Cambridge Journals. Ken is […]

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OWL

This is what the web language OWL looks like. For clarity all letters are removed, only numbers and symbols remain. This is what it looks like flattened, mashed up together vertically

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You Are Here

Beautiful NASA photos below were sent by John Guinta . “…spectacular photos of our fragile planet. Please circulate them to as many people as possible.” What an immeasurable benefit to people all over the world to have access to NASA’s big pictures. They are so beautiful. What else is available that everyone can look at […]

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Collective Mapping

Matthew Belanger has created Time Indefinite, a repository and collective timeline of individual significant moments in time. What if everyone everywhere could dial in to this repository to create one shared recorded memory? Even with different views on what constitutes a significant moment in time? ARTISTS STATEMENT MATTHEW BELANGER: “We all experience the occasional moment […]

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Jin Akino, Capturing Beauty

Jin Akino, a Japanese professional photographer, has captured the abstract beauty of nature, scenic landscapes, solemn architectures, and smile. His photoworks show various kinds of beauty on the earth and express both subtlety and expansiveness. Because of his eye for beauty, capturing patterns and flow, Jin will be the official photographer for Accuracy&Aesthetics projects. ARTISTS […]

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Sustainable Design in Semantic Space

ThePuristS To build consensus about the construction of semantic space, a reasonable approach could be to follow a parallel track with best practices of architecture in the real world. A vital topic in real world building architecture today is sustainable design. See this program: Sundance Channel, Big Ideas for a Small Planet Architect’s Statement: Waste […]

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AIA Google Earth

Building information modeling (BIM) and the architecture, engineering, and construction community (AEC) and now geographic information systems (GIS) community are embroiled in interoperability issues. Google Earth gives us a glimpse of what it may be like some day to find a museum and go in to the building. Now with the new alliance between Google […]

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Ontolog Drawings and Science Maps

Some fascinating drawings and examples have been presented at OntologySummit2007 The question is, during the initial time when the extent and value of ontologies is first being so passionately discussed and formulated, how to create a simple drawing so everyone discussing ontologies knows they are talking about the same thing? At this point, it should […]

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Rapidly Changing vs Fixed

Two recent paintings seen in Washington DC have nailed the portrayal of static versus dynamic information. A Losing Battle by Nathan Ota from Tug of War, curated by Annie Adjchavanich at Hemphill Fine Arts: In this beautiful execution, the circles, lines, and stars show a fixed points of view over an eternally changing growing tree. […]

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Curved Logic Diagrams

The beauty of the single layer circuit.

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Complex Geometry

If attempting to draw the geometry of knowledge changing over time, curves and projection geometry make everything more complicated. Computers prefer straight lines with nice even units but the geometry of knowledge seems more fluid. Important continuity must be shown and traced, some form of projection is nearly always be involved. Domes, globes, spheres and […]

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Public Projects

Skyscraper Models you download, fold, and build yourself Wondering about the process of developing federal standards for the construction of semantic space the same way physical space is managed in cities with permit offices etc.: Is U.S. Government Outsourcing Its Brain’? According to the Wall Street Journal article Boom in Tech Contracts Sparks Complex Debate; […]

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Accuracy and Aesthetics – two views

May 25, 2005 astronomer Frank Summers and computer animator Greg Bacon at the Space Telescope Science Institute created a fascinating slide show about their collaboration entitled “Accuracy and Aesthetics, Scientific Visualization Using Hollywood Tools” Frank Summers and Greg Bacon were the two principle visualizers on a 3 minute IMAX film called “Hubble: Galaxies Across Space […]

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Carefully building up to systematically destroy

Eventually opposing and extreme views will eventually cancel eachother out. The truth will be exposed because that is all that would be left.

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Place in the Universe

Different people have different reasons to define what “universe” means and to examine our place in it. Swedish artist Monica Sand says …the modern research of space has changed the image of the human position in universe. How can we make an image of the human endeavour in a space perspective? The project “Space is […]

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Glide Glyphs

Glides are characters in the book The Maze Game, by Diana Reed Slattery, see Glide, An Interactive Exploration of Visual Language. Glides communicate using a language based on gestures and shapes, they send each other messages and pass down stories by skating on ice, dancing and other means their keepers don’t understand. Here are the […]

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Gothamberg

Turbulence Commission: “Gothamberg” by Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak, with Chuck Crow, Johanna Kindvall, Warren Lehrer, Christiane Paul and Vivian Selbo. Everyone who has lived in an apartment has a story to tell. “Gothamberg” is a place to read, interact and exchange stories of lives in apartment buildings. Together, these tales of unwanted sounds and […]

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Where is Lagos?

Zoob’ (bigger than, be) h too, m tum-m tumii, sif, suur, taswiir (picture) Translations from the Hausa Database ? by Franz Stoiber, 2001. Lagos Map from Oyibosonline, the Expat’s Guide to Nigeria. Educate and inspire the people of Lagos with a series of bigger pictures. Show the locations of local schools, universities, and training centers. […]

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Refresh Rate

What is the refresh rate for the human brain versus display devices? Art Formerly Known as New Media/Machine Performance Survey Visual Music Exhibit at the Hirshhorn Which display devices and computer memories meet the performance requirements to achieve an accurate, compelling refresh rate? Crucial Image Gallery Cole Projectors Christie Portrait Displays Projectors _______________ Practical Dream […]

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Digital Storytelling

Bridget Riley On 16/01/07 22:25 at empyre digest, The Art Gallery of Knoxville > probably wrote: What skills are necessary for a participatory culture? WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE Basic Pedagogical Goals   Multimodal   Convergent   Mobile   Immersive   Interactive   Transformative   Generational   Multicultural, Global   Negotiation   Appropriative   Get […]

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Better Living Through Networks

Today there is algorithmic encoding of real life art. But what if machines take over? Is there any possibility of better living through networks in this condition?   QUOTES   Its dangerous to assume that concepts are only accessible to the prepared. The Art Gallery of Knoxville   www.robot-models.com   …new martyrs willing to sacrifice […]

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Errors and Ommissions

Stair Tread As-Built where the notch at the top is a detail mark on the drawing, Source Unknown, flew like wildfire around WDG Architecture another funny picture where the source is unknown is here   Deciding what information is shown versus specified for the construction and maintenance of semantic space needs to be coordinated. An […]

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Spectrum

In architectural construction documents, elements may appear many times in the drawings but are only specified in one location in the project manual. To assure consistency and to know where to look for information, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee (EJCDC) established a Uniform Location of Subject Matter published […]

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Words May Hinder Math Skills

~artist unknown English Words May Hinder Math Skills Development The words and symbols used to represent numbers may interfere with understanding of math concepts. By Beth Azar at the Monitor by the American Psychological Association Each time the government releases a new round of test scores, the United States laments the dismal performance of its […]

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Number Systems of the World

By TAKASUGI Shinji Number Systems of the World I translate words included in number words to English, and I use ‘+’ and ‘?’ for implicit additions and multiplications. For instance, I explain the French words vingt et un (21) and quatre-vingt-dix-neuf (99) as “20 and 1″ and “4 ? 20 + 10 + 9″ respectively. […]

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You Are Here 2

The Internet is a place where ideas and information that are only partially understood can come together and be explored. But, what is the best fundamental way to show You Are Here? The Internet Mapping Project by Bill Cheswick and Lumeta makes an edgeless universe of connected areas to at least see an extent. But […]

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Metaphors

  5.1 A Context Driven Topology is like a person, each one is unique, born, and was not here before. Even if each individual shares preferences and characteristics with other people, they have their own age and circumstances. Even twins sharing practically the same lifetime and most circumstances rarely behave the exact same predictable way. […]

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Intersecting Backgrounds

  Top: All of Figure 5 5A,5B, 5C:  Some of Figure 5 Figure 5: A closer inspection between three unrelated Context Driven Topologies reveals the recent histories of each user working on a task to organize their ideas and information. The only overlap between these three could be they are sitting in a coffee shop […]

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Spiral Model

According to Wikipedia on November 22, 2006: The spiral model is a software development process combining elements of both design and prototyping-in-stages, in an effort to combine advantages of top-down and bottom-up concepts. What a perfect shape spirals are to portray complex evolving relationships. Just imagine the possibilities using some of the spirals shown here […]

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Translation Path

The Spinner by Billy Houdek from Edith Wharton Age of Innocence “…it was determined the best way for a Swedish Opera singer to perform a German opera was to translate it into Italian for the clearer understanding of an English speaking audience.”

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London Calling

If a Spectrum of information could be laid out and given to a group of film makers with the task of filling in every blank and representing every possible option to capture the place of London, how would they show ~ the Clash, “Mind the Gap” underground announcements and refrigerator magnets, William Wallace in all […]

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Mapa del conocimiento humano

A wide range of ideas and information by Jose Sanchez Cerezo

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Fractal Edges

Description: An image of the Mandelbrot set at 1x zoom.
Source: self-made using XAOS 3.1 and Microsoft Paint 5.1
By: Nadim Ghaznavi

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Taking Place

Its become almost impossible to identify the original context of an image. For example: Was retrieved for a virtual conference on whale watching, but the original is from www.physics.helsinki.fi/whale/. Was discovered on a blog, it is also shown on googlisti.com/tag/news/ and many other locations but it was started out as the graduation project of Jeroen […]

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Look What is Happening

All around the world from popular culture games to the most advanced science, people are developing new ways to put groups of many things together to look at it as if it was one thing. Digital Earth is a visionary concept for “spaceship Earth” sparked by R. Buckminster Fuller, grokked by the Apollo astronauts returning […]

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One Shared Space

What an amazing invention Google Earth is. It is unprecedented how lucky all people are today to have access to these images and geographic locations knit together and made available for free. One of the many beauties of Google Earth is that it was not put together for wars, spying, or tracking hurricanes ~ even […]

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Finishing Touches

If ideas and information can be cared for like a garden over long periods of time, we need simpler tools to assemble the essential elements and finishing touches needed to create memorable semantic spaces. The current digital world is not set up to cultivate reflective and contemplative places able to transcend any one person or […]

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Paintings: Internet

The best Maps of the Internet today are probably made by Lumeta. But why does every arm and extension need to be shown? A system of coordinates could be developed using bigger blocks. The examples below show how three painters are looking our complex world. What can one way of looking learn from the other? […]

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Inviting the General Public to your Database

What are the requirements for the general public to be able to move through shared databases? How can huge numbers of people be provided with basic services they need in?an information?place? What can we learn from architects and urban planners about the design of physical space?to reapply the best practices and design principles?to semantic space? […]

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Balance

If this image represented a stack of learning modules rather than rocks, the student could not fully understand all of the material without the small piece on the right. For example, what if a sequence of learning in mathematics was to be taught from the bottom up: start with the rock on the bottom – […]

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Static yet – Moving

What role should static images serve in dynamic spatial databases? High Sky 2, Arrest 1, and Movement in Squares all by Bridget Riley

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Slaves to screens

You can’t be surrounded by information looking at a computer screen that is only in front of you. What will the ideal interface be in ten years? 100 years? How can we make use of projectors and public media rooms today?

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Connecting

Why do people make things and what is the most direct way to connect makers to viewers? How can digital systems be designed and used to see exactly what original authors intend? If ideas and information can be assigned something like a place – what is the best way to direct people from one place […]

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Preferences

Most Wanted and Least Wanted Paintings by Komar & Melamid reflect the artists’ interpretation of a professional market research survey about aesthetic preferences and taste in painting. Sizes in proportion to human scale are also indicated as a cultural preference. Germany’s Least Wanted (150 x 120 cm) China’s Most Wanted (wall size)

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Red to Green over Blue

The most difficult part of any design is determining the colors. A great resource for mapmakers is the Color Brewer by Cindy Brewer at Penn State University. These two images were retrieved searching the term “visualization” on Google Images: Mapped Up was found on the blog by Pito Salas., the RSS tracking application is actually […]

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Retelling the Story

Crop of The Spinner by Billy Houdek, painting of a woman who talks too much while in the act of retelling a story. Digital dots coming together are added. The image is zoomed into this area because its interesting to wonder what the best way is to show the transition from individual elements, like words, […]

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Imagine a World

Imagine a world where everything is in context from the big to the small. All kinds of short cuts, worm holes, and walkthroughs could be mathematically and artistically portrayed. Imagine exploring this world, turning the corner and seeing a huge vista, like all of music, open up before you. Imagine being able to trace an […]

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To and From Specific Places

Context Driven Topologies (CDT): broadcasting ideas and information to and from specific places based on context.Places, in this sense, means geographic region and cultural background, knowledge domain and education level, and all of their corresponding online resources.Paper: DigitizingtheNonDigital.ITAL2006

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World Overviews

Languages of the World Map edited by Raymond G. Gordon Jr. in 1995 for Ethnologue. Seeking permission to alter the graphic by marking the locations of the Board of Directors and develop a symbolic overlay to indicate the languages each person uses in the places they live and where they work. For example, Vera W. […]

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